his book is intended to help you continue on your exciting new path
toward obtaining your CCDP and CCIE certification. Before reading this
book, it is important to have at least studied the Sybex
CCNA Study Guide.
You can take the tests in any order, but the CCNA exam should probably be
your first test. It would also be beneficial to have read the Sybex
. Many questions in the CID exam build upon the CCNA and
The Cisco Certiﬁed Network Professional (CCNP) and Cisco Certiﬁed Design Professional
(CCDP) certiﬁcations are the second level of Cisco certiﬁcations and are becoming popular
as more incentives become available to both certiﬁcation holders and their employers.
Cisco has designed both the CCNP and CCDP certiﬁcations as evidence that an individual
has completed a rigorous path of testing in the network arena.
This book is intended to start you out on an exciting new path toward obtaining your CCNA certification. It reaches beyond
popular certifications like the MCSE and CNE to provide you with an indispensable factor in understanding today¡¯s
network¡ªinsight into the Cisco world of internetworking and network design.
If you¡¯ve purchased this book, you are probably chasing one of the Cisco professional certifications: CCNA/CCNP,
CCDA/CCDP, CCIP, or CCIE. All of these are great goals, and they are also great career builders.
The Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) certification is the newest midlevel certification
from Cisco Systems. This certification is on a par with CCNP and CCDP. The aim of this
certification is to provide professional-level recognition to network engineers in the design and
implementation of Cisco secure networks. This certification provides validation of knowledge and
skills in key areas of security, including firewalls, intrusion detection, VPNs, identity, and security